Glossier Invisible Shield is Here!

The moment we've all been waiting for (for 2 years!) is finally here - Glossier has officially launched their everyday sunscreen, Invisible Shield. I'm sure everyone has heard how important it is to protect your skin from the sun and other aggressors every day, but how many of us actually do? I'll admit I would only wear sunscreen if I planned on being out and about - since there's not much daylight where I work, I tended to just forget about it on a day to day basis. Plus I could never find a sunscreen I liked that didn't make me too greasy or chalky. But Invisible Shield is here to solve all those problems.

Glossier Invisible Shield is a lightweight, clear (!!) serum sunscreen with SPF 35. It not only protects against the sun, but also against pollution. The secret to this formula is microcapsule technology - tiny spheres packed full of UVA and UVB filters burst upon application, helping to preserve the ingredients from degradation while in the bottle.  This is a chemical sunscreen (this formula would be pretty much impossible using physical blockers), but fear not - it feels super gentle on the skin, and I haven't had any irritation issues with it. The formula also fights free radicals with a powerful antioxidant complex of Vitamin E, Vitamin P, Broccoli, and Aloe Leaf Extracts, and it keeps out harmful pollution particles (which are 20x smaller than your pores!) using a fermented yeast and vegetal extract matrix. It manages to pack all these ingredients into a lightweight gel formula with no damaging alcohol as well.

Each purchase will come with the Zine pictured, filled with facts about the damage your skin can face from the sun and pollution. Did you know the windows in your car only filter UVB rays, but not UVA rays? UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburns, but UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and cause premature aging, and in extreme cases, skin cancer. And did you know your skin is still susceptible to damage when in front of the computer? A study conducted by Unilever Skincare Research showed that four days in front of the computer is equally as damaging to your skin as 20 minutes in direct afternoon sunlight. So protect yourself, even in the office.

I've been using the Invisible Shield every single day since I got it, and it's truly become just another part of my routine. It's so easy to apply and spread over the skin, so adding this extra step doesn't slow me down in the mornings. It has a super light, citrus-y scent (with just the faintest hint of a sunscreen smell) that is great in the mornings, too. The Invisible Shield should be applied after moisturizer and before any makeup. It immediately sinks into the skin just like water would, and it leaves such a smooth finish that's perfect for putting makeup on top. It doesn't leave a whitecast whatsoever, and you really cannot feel it on the skin at all. I've never used a sunscreen that works so well with makeup - there's no pilling or caking here. 

The most important thing here is that you need to protect your skin. No matter what brand of sunscreen you prefer, you really should be using one daily. If you've had a hard time finding a good formula that doesn't disrupt your normal morning routine, then Glossier Invisible Shield could be the one you've been waiting for. 

Invisible Shield is available on Glossier starting today, $34 for 1 fl oz/30 mL. You can also shop through my rep page for 20% off!

Have safe sun, guys.

*Invisible Shield was sent to me early to share with all of you, but all opinions, as always, are my own.


Loving Lately

This post was meant to go up last week, but I ended up not being able to schedule posts before going to New York with Glossier at the end of last week. So although the sentiment is a little late, I've still been absolutely loving all the products I'm about to mention. It's all a bit pink-themed for the most part, which is pretty much the story of my life nowadays.

*Milk Makeup Holographic Stick, 'Mars' | I've been a huge fan of the original Holographic Stick in Supernova, the iridescent lilac shade, but I'm over the moon for its new peachy-pink duochrome sister. If you've got warmer undertones in your skin, then this is the Holographic Stick for you. It's so beautiful, and the formula is just as lovely and blendable as the original. It's just a bit more subtle than the original, but just because you'd maybe expect a peachy-pink sheen on the skin rather than a lavender.

Kypris Antioxidant DewI had been wanting to try Kypris Beauty for such a long time, so I finally bit the bullet and picked up the Antioxidant Dew when Anthropologie was having a sale. I'm so happy with it so far - it's really hydrating and leaves my skin super glowy. I like adding a drop of rosehip oil or hyaluronic acid serum to give it a little kick. This has been my morning serum of choice almost every day since I got it.

*Glossier Cloud Paint, 'Haze' | The Cloud Paints are pretty much my favorite blushes ever, but recently the shade Haze has risen to the top as my most-used. It's the darkest shade, but it sheers out so easily and makes a believable-looking flush on my super pale skin without being over the top. This has really helped me look healthy and awake - I get less comments that I look tired when I'm wearing this. You can get Cloud Paint or any other Glossier products for 20% off here.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, 'Rigel' | I've mentioned that I've recently been getting back into using eyeshadow again, and this beauty from NARS is one I reach for a lot. It's a beautiful rose gold shade that doesn't read too copper-y on me, and it really helps brighten my eyes. It looks lovely both as an all-over lid shade and as an inner corner highlight. The Dual Intensity Eyeshadows are some of my favorites, too.

*KNC Beauty All Natural Collagen-Infused Lip MasksI've fallen in love with lip masks lately, and these babies from KNC Beauty have quickly become my favorites. I'm always wary of trying new lip treatments because my lips tend to be reactive, but these haven't given me any problems. These tingle a little bit as you're wearing them to let you know they're working, and they really do enhance the look of your lips. These leave my lips super soft and hydrated, and I love using them before I do my makeup for a more special occasion.

Pink Lip Products | This last section isn't dedicated to one product, but to my newfound love of pink. I'm usually quite the neutrals girl, but lately I've been loving a pop of pink. For a tinted balm, I've been loving the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Bloom* - I think this has surpassed my love for the shade Petal, as it's such a pretty pink shade for spring. When I'm going for a matte look I've been using the Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick, both in the shade Lovecraft. This is one of my favorite shades from her line, so I'm glad I have a matching pair now. I really love these new lip liners - they're super creamy but seriously do not budge. And when I'm wanting a gloss, I've been using the Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade because it's just oh so chic. This doesn't really tint my lips super pink like the original balm does, but it's such a comfortable gloss that feels super nourishing and looks really pretty in my makeup bag.

What have you been loving lately?

*Products mentioned have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information.


Lorac I Love Brunch Pro Palette | Review + Swatches

As promised, I've got my review of the Lorac I Love Brunch Pro Palette today. I had been questioning whether or not to get this for weeks, pretty much since the day it launched. I knew I'd theoretically wear the shades, but I had been in such a no-eyeshadow rut that I wasn't sure I'd actually reach for it in real life. I ended up not having to make a decision because my sister surprised me with it a couple weeks ago! I was so excited to finally get my hands on it. Also a quick plug for my sister - she's just as beauty-obsessed as I am, and she's started her own beauty account on Instagram! You can find her at taybeaute1.

Anyway, the Lorac Brunch Palette, as I'm going to call it from now on, is a palette containing sixteen shadows, most of which are pastel matte shades. I normally don't go for any color at all, but the muted tones of the pastels really spoke to me. If you know and love Lorac's eyeshadow formula, then you'll love these, too. They're a little powdery in that they kick up a little bit of dust when you put a brush in the pan, but it's not overly messy, and I haven't had any issues with fallout so far. The shadows are all so soft and smooth, even the lighter mattes - nothing feels chalky in the slightest.

Lavender, Eggs Benny, Gluten Free, Hot Sauce

Lavender, Eggs Benny, Gluten Free, Hot Sauce

Jelly Donut, Pancakes, Sorbet, Valet

Jelly Donut, Pancakes, Sorbet, Valet

Bloody Mary, Blueberry Scone, Moonlight, Avocado Toast

Bloody Mary, Blueberry Scone, Moonlight, Avocado Toast

Mimosa, Smoothie, French Toast, Sunday Funday

Mimosa, Smoothie, French Toast, Sunday Funday

Usually pastel shades are notoriously lacking in pigment, but these are great - you're not going to get a huge whack of color in one go, but it doesn't take layers upon layers to get anything to show up. I'll have to pat on around two layers to get a super bright color, but using one layer gives such a lovely wash of color. They blend so nicely, as I've found with other Lorac shadows I've tried, and it's super easy to create a gradient of color without things going muddy. I'm no expert at all when it comes to eye makeup, but I've been able to create some super cool looks with one color fading into another (I posted a look using Avocado Toast and Blueberry Scone on my Instagram). I love that there are a few neutral shades still included so I don't have to go too far out of my comfort zone and can keep things grounded. They also last throughout the day without creasing or fading - I wasn't expecting pastel shadows to last as long as these do!

Have you tried the Lorac Brunch Palette yet?


The Monthly Review | April

I can't believe it's already May - I swear for the last week I've been thinking it was still around the 15th. This month wasn't quite as eventful as March, but it was still great overall.

Beauty

I've always got to start with the beauty products. This month my hormonal breakouts came back with a vengeance, and one thing that really helped soothe and calm them down was the Glossier Super Pure Serum.* I've been all about these beauties since they came out, and this niacinamide + zinc serum has been my go-to of the three Supers. Makeup-wise, I've been breaking out the eyeshadows again and using shades from the Lorac I Love Brunch Pro Palette - my sister surprised me with this recently, and I've been loving it. I'll have my full review up this week, so keep an eye out for that. When I've been using a powder highlight, it's been the Tom Ford Sheer Highlighting Duo in Reflects Gilt. I got this for my birthday at the beginning of April, and it's earned a place for itself in my everyday routine. Lastly for makeup is the new foundation/base from MAC - their Next to Nothing Face Colour. I was super intrigued by this collection, being someone who loves lightweight, glowy bases, and I just love it. I'll have a full review up soon.

I rarely have hair favorites, but I've been using the full line of products from Hairstory* and I couldn't be happier with them. I talked about the New Wash in my Five to Try post last week, but the other three products are phenomenal as well. I was participating in their campaign where you replace your shampoo and conditioner with the New Wash for 30 days, and I'm just about at the end of that, so I'll have a review of the line up soon.

Podcasts/TV

Not much has changed on the music-front for me this month, but in the last couple weeks I've found and become obsessed with a podcast - usually I listen to music on my way to work and a podcast on my way home, but I've been loving this one so much that I listen to it in the morning and in the afternoon. It's My Favorite Murder - I've always been into True Crime and shows like Forensic Files and 48 Hours but this podcast has really gotten me into it. 

Brett and I have also gotten into watching Better Call Saul on Netflix - we had watched it when it first came out, but I think I fell asleep during the first episode and just couldn't get into it. We haven't caught up yet, but we're almost there and it's so good. It makes me sad though to see him doing well, because we already know how he ends up in Breaking Bad. When Brett's not home, I've been marathon-ing Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix, too, and I really love it. I'm a sucker for musicals, and I love every character.

Other Highlights

Big wedding news this month - we finally set a date! On June 8, 2018 I'll become Kelsey Kelly (lol). We picked a photographer too! She's awesome and every single photo, even the portraits, look like candids, which is exactly what I was looking for. Another highlight of the month was seeing my sister's dance recital, where she choreographed her own piece! It was so good, and I was so proud. May is already shaping up to be a good month as well - I'll be in New York City with Glossier this Thursday and Friday!

What were your highlights of the month?


Falling for Bright Blush

Maybe it's because the weather is warming up, or maybe I've just been inspired by the Glossier Cloud Paint promotional images, but I've been all about brighter blush shades lately - who even am I? I've been such a diehard "no blush" blush girl for such a long time. My cheeks tend to get a little rosy on their own throughout the day, so I was always afraid of accentuating that. However, I realized how flattering and awakening it is when the color is placed behind the apples of my cheeks (on my face, anyway), and I feel like a whole world has been opened up for me.

The products that sparked this, of course, were the Glossier Cloud Paints.* Leave it to Glossier to get me to try something out of my comfort zone. I was thinking I would only use Dusk, the nude shade, but I've actually been getting the most use out of Haze, the berry color, and Puff, the cool pink shade. These are just beautiful, and they way they blend into the skin makes it look like a natural flush. Once I realized that a brighter, cool-toned blush actually suited my complexion and helped me look more awake, I started digging back through my collection and dusting off some old loves, as well as picking up a few new favorites.

I still gravitate towards cream products most days, as they're quicker and easier for me to apply. I've fallen back in love with the Estee Lauder Genuine Glow Blushing Creme* in Sweet Cheeks - it's a lovely, balmy formula that blends out super easily and leaves the most beautiful flush. It really perks up my skin and makes it look well-rested and glowy. Another stick formula I'm always reaching for are the Bite Beauty Multisticks - Mascarpone is my go-to when I'm wanting a more vibrant pink. It's a warm salmon shade that's super flattering and brightening. This formula also works on the lips and eyes if you're wanting to make a monochrome look out of it, too. I've also started using the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Blushed Rose. This is a little more neutral than the other blushes here, but since it's deeper than I normally wear, I figured it still counted. This formula is beautiful and easy to apply - I really need to try more from Bobbi Brown.

When I do want a powder blush, I've got two gorgeous shades I've been alternating between. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat is an old favorite - I gave it to my sister a while ago, and then when she decided she didn't want it anymore, I took it back. I couldn't be happier to have it back, because this one really makes me look the healthiest out of all the options here. It's the prettiest pinky-coral shade with a touch of glow, and it seems to be the exact shade my skin turns when I blush. A newer one I got recently is the Givenchy Le Prisme Blush in Vintage Pink - I assumed it would be a more brown-y pink color, but it's quite bright on the skin. Swirling the four sections together creates such a lovely shade, and the formula of this is unreal - I'm not sure if I've ever felt a softer powder product.

Do you like brighter blushes, or are you more into neutrals and bronzers? What's your favorite blush?


Dealing with Breakouts | The Gentle Skincare Routine

For two glorious months I was blessed with the clearest skin I've ever had. And now this month, the hormonal breakouts that normally plague me for about a week each month have returned with a vengeance. My chin and jawline are currently speckled with angry red spots, and they're so painful that I just want to use the most gentle, soothing skincare on them instead of beating them into submission and risk making them angrier.

When I'm wearing makeup, I've been going in with the Pixi Double Cleanse.* It's super gentle and non-irritating, and it gets all of my makeup off without too much fuss. The cream cleanser side has been great for soothing my skin as well. In the mornings, or at night if I'm not wearing makeup, I've been cleansing with the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. It conditions the skin and keeps it clean, but not stripped. This is my all-time favorite facial cleanser, and I think I'm on my sixth or seventh bottle by now.

I also like using a mask to gently clear out my pores and cleanse my skin, and the gentlest of them all is the Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack. It's a thick, creamy clay mask that doesn't totally dry down or strip the skin. It really helps my skin feel cleared out, but not in a totally-vacuumed-and-squeaky way. I've used charcoal/clay masks over breakouts before, and sometimes they're just too harsh for me. This one is just perfect.

I've never had much luck with dedicated spot treatments, but what's really been helping me is a BHA toner. I had heard nothing but good things about the CosRX Blackhead Power Liquid, and it really has been helping. I sweep it over my chin and T-zone with a cotton pad most nights, but I make sure to never skip out on it when I'm breaking out. Despite implying it's only to treat blackheads (and they have a whitehead version), it's really been helping clear up any and all breakouts. Usually my breakouts are aggravated by dehydration, so I'm sure to pat on a few layers of a lightweight, hydrating toner like the Mizon Intensive Skin Barrier Toner after using the BHA toner.

When my spots are particularly angry, I look no further than the Glossier Super Pure Serum.* This niacinamide and zinc serum instantly feels cooling and soothing on the skin. It doesn't cure my breakouts, but it definitely helps with redness and the pain. I usually just concentrate this where I'm breaking out and go in with a hydrating serum elsewhere. My go-to hydrating serum is the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid. It feels so soothing on the skin, and I can just feel it smoothing and softening any dry patches. It's a watery fluid, so it never feels too heavy or clogging on the skin.

I always seal it all in with the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream. After falling in love with the Liquid, I just had to get myself a tube of the cream. It's just as good, and they work beautifully together as a pair. I could see these helping the driest of dry skin. They're both packed full of ceramides, which hydrate and repair the skin barrier. so they're really so good for your skin. Maybe it's the clinical-looking packaging, but they just feel so healing on the skin, so they're always the serum/cream duo I reach for when I'm breaking out.

What products do you reach for when you're breaking out?

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*Products mentioned have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information.